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Home Care vs. Nursing Home: Making the Decision

Posted by Ruby Cemental on January 17, 2017

Couple_computer-LR.jpgWhen the time comes to decide how to help an elderly loved one through those difficult days when they aren't physically able to care for themselves, the decision can be a difficult one. How do you know what's right for the senior in your life? By understanding the benefits and drawbacks of both home care and nursing homes, you can make a wiser decision. 

Home Care

Home care is a more private option that allows your loved one to remain in their own home. This is often less disruptive for individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia, making it the first choice for many families. Before deciding in favor of home care, there are several things you'll want to think about. 

The Pros:

  • Home care allows for a more personal, one-on-one relationship with the caregiver.
  • It's comfortable and familiar.
  • Seniors are able to remain as independent as they are able, rather than needing to turn over basic tasks to nursing home professionals.
  • In-home care is often less expensive than care out of the home.

The Cons:

  • Who you hire for in-home care matters! Hiring a skilled nurse or other medical professional may be necessary if more than basic assistance is required. (Caring Senior Service provides professional and trained caregivers.)
  • Homes may not be as secure as medical care facilities.

Eventually, the time comes in many seniors' lives when they simply aren't able to care for themselves any longer. When that day comes, it's time to start thinking about a nursing home. 

The Pros:

  • Nursing homes are typically staffed with a variety of medical professionals.
  • Nursing homes can be secure, for seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia who might be prone to wandering.

The Cons:

  • Nursing homes remove an individual's independence earlier and may make your loved one "feel" old.
  • Nursing homes require a transition period before feeling like "home," which can be difficult for some seniors.
  • Nursing home care is often very expensive, especially for high-quality institutions. 

At Caring Senior Service we are always ready to help seniors and their families by providing professional advice and services. As you consider ways to give support to your aging parents or relatives, consider including us in your plans. Contact our care team today!

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